Low-EMF Design for Green Builders

Rationale for Incorporation of Low-EMF
Design Principles by Green Builders



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Home buyers have an underlying concern about EMF

As environmental professionals, we have followed the EMF issue closely for 21 years, and are convinced of its validity, despite the absence of formal exposure limitations. What is important here is the attitude of the public. Many buyers already recognize EMF as an issue of concern, especially those people who would be interested in a “green” home, or a “healthy” home. From this standpoint, it is irrelevant that the research has not progressed to the point of mandating formal standards. The perception of the public that EMF is a real issue is the operative factor.

Creation of a Low-EMF home is not expensive

The design concepts that allow creation of a low-EMF home are firmly established, and based upon the three fundamental principles of field reduction: (1) distance, (2) natural field cancellation, and (3) shielding. For non-custom production homes, a single plan review process will define the procedures for all units, and it then becomes a simple matter of adherence to design and the exercise of best practices in wiring installation. Expensive magnetic shielding can almost always be avoided.

Results are dramatic and verifiable

Magnetic and electric field levels are often lower by at least a factor of 10. Sometimes a builder gets lucky and does many things right, but sometimes egregious field problems are built right into the house, requiring extensive and expensive corrections. Low-EMF practices produce uniformly good results. We can independently evaluate each home built, and issue a certification that low-EMF design procedures were followed, and that field levels are within recommended precautionary guidelines.

Offering a Low-EMF home provides an additional selling point

Considering the market that you are targeting, incorporation of the low-EMF feature would offer a strong additional selling point. This is, in part, because it would round out the other environmental health issues addressed in the product design, and reflect a comprehensive approach that many buyers would recognize and appreciate. In addition, most other green builders have not adopted the concept except on an individual client and individual home basis, so in that sense your product offering would have a unique advantage.

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